Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.

Christmas 2012

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Whew!  What a few days it’s been!  I’ve been so crazy busy that I haven’t had a chance to sit down at the computer AT ALL.  Let’s play catch up shall we?


Friday’s day of togetherness was to bake Christmas cookies.  So we did.

I wanted to make peanut butter blossoms since we never had them growing up (my sister is allergic to peanuts).  I used this recipe and they turned out AMAZING.

pb blossoms

We also started wrapping presents and enjoyed some wine while doing so.


Saturday began with Mat at work as usual and me running.  I did an 11 miler, still following my training plan.  When I got back, it was cleaning and baking and wrapping galore.  I honestly don’t remember much of Saturday because it was so jam-packed.  Oh no wait, I just remembered one of the big things we did.  We saw a house!

Mat got off work at 2 and picked me up immediately so we could be at the house around 2:30.  It was a house that our realtor found on Friday and we decided that even though it was a crazy weekend we wanted to see it.  I’m super glad we did because we ended up putting in an offer!  Hopefully we’ll hear by the end of this week.  We’re trying not to get our hopes up, but if I said I wasn’t crossing my fingers I’d be lying.  🙂

After seeing the house we went home, did more chores and stuff, and then went to a Christmas party at Mindy and Joel’s house.  We weren’t going to stay super late because Mat had a paper to start that was due on Monday (yes, on Christmas Eve), but you know how it goes when you see people you haven’t seen in a while.  We got home around 11:30 and he started his paper and then we both crashed.


Sunday we slept in a little and then got started on more chores.  I don’t remember the order of things, but as Mat wrote his paper, I baked two cakes.


The red velvet one had mint Hershey’s in it and was used for the red velvet trifle.  The yellow one was for my mom’s tres leche birthday cake that I make for her every year.

During all the food prep, we were also trying to get the house offer papers signed.  We were driving up to meet my parents for my mom’s birthday dinner (and early dinner – 4:30 reservation) so time was tight.  As we tried to print the contract, we discovered that our printer was out of black ink.  Mat tried to go print it at the apartment complex office, but that didn’t work either.  So, we hurried to get ready and drove to my parents’ house where we finally printed it and managed to talk to our realtor and go through all the important stuff on it.

We went to dinner at The Summit House which is where we had our wedding reception.  My mom likes to go there every year for her birthday.  Having a Christmas Eve birthday means she wanted to do something special with the family a day or two before.  Works for me!  The Summit House, while expensive, is AMAZING.  We get a 1 year anniversary dinner there in June and I already can’t wait!

We got home and cleaned (hadn’t had time earlier) and got the contract signed, scanned in, and finally emailed to our realtor.  He got it sent off by 11 pm (he rocks) and now we’re waiting to see what happens!


Mat had to work a short shift on Christmas Even morning, and I set the alarm for 5 so I could fit in my run before finishing my mom’s cake and cleaning the kitchen.  I ended up hitting snooze for half and hour before finally pulling myself out of bed to discover it was raining.  I definitely dilly-dallied on getting out the door at that point.

I did 4.5 miles, did some sit ups, planks, and push ups, and then got the cake done.  I have no pictures of it though – I’ve been really bad about that lately.  I got the kitchen totally cleaned and finally got myself ready.  Mat got home and got ready and then we loaded the car with gifts for my family and my mom’s cake and drove up home.  After stopping in to see Mat’s parents we headed to my parents’ house where we watched mom open her birthday presents, ate a yummy meal, went to church, had birthday cake, and opened Christmas presents.


Our first married Christmas morning was really nice.  We enjoyed eggs and pastries while opening gifts.


cinnamon rolls


My stocking stuffer was this CD.  I was super excited!

stocking stuffer

My big present to Mat was his XBox 360.  He’s wanted one for a while and didn’t think it was possible to get it.  He was definitely surprised when he opened it!

shocked hubby


Mat’s family came over to exchange gifts early in the afternoon, and then my family joined a few hours later for dinner.  It was our first time hosting for a holiday and I’d say it was a success!  (Again, I’ve been bad about the picture lately).


After sleeping until 8 or so, we headed out for a 7 mile run.  Mat made it about 1.5 miles before he decided to turn back.  His IT band has been acting up again and he didn’t want to push it.  That left me to go the rest of the run on my own without music.  Sad times.  My legs were super fatigued.  I think it was because of the heavier food the last few days combined with being super busy and rather stressed out (understatement – the stress made me have another breakdown/mild anxiety attack last night).

But, I made it through the 7 miles and walked 1.5 miles home.  I used an 8/8.5 mile route and then walked the last part so I didn’t have to try and come up with a new route.  One nice thing about being off work.  🙂

As I tried to motivate myself to do sit ups, Mat was excited about his XBox.

happy hubby

I was excited about my new Garmin!

post run


After reading about it on another blog a couple months ago, I knew I wanted one.  I’ve never had one before and always had to guess at my pace.  I was excited to see that I kept a 9 minute mile despite feeling like crap.

Here’s my splits:

Mile 1: 8:59

Mile 2: 9:08

Mile 3: 9:07

Mile 4: 9:07

Mile 5: 9:07

Mile 6: 9:12

Mile 7: 8:58

I need to work out speed, that’s for sure.

My post run breakfast (or lunch – it was late by the time I got around to eating) was an old favorite: cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, strawberries, granola, and honey.  I bought strawberries for my mom’s birthday cake and had a few left over.  Win!

fave breakfast


Since then I’ve basically sat on my butt.  It’s awesome.

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!


Author: Melissa

Getting healthy - mind, body, and soul.

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